Welcome to the website for CAMRA Scotland & Northern Ireland Branches
The aims of the Campaign for Real Ale - CAMRA are:
To protect and improve consumer rights.
To promote quality, choice and value for money.
To support the public house as a focus of community life.
To campaign for greater appreciation of traditional beers, ciders and perries as part of our national heritage and culture.
To seek improvements in all licensed premises and throughout the brewing industry
CAMRA is a non-profit, consumer organistion with over 162,000 members in the UK. The aim of this website is to act as a portal for all eleven CAMRA branches located in Scotland and Northern Ireland. With over 200 local CAMRA branches throughout the UK, CAMRA Scotland and Northern Ireland Branches (SNIB) is one of 16 regional areas and represents a steadily increasing membership in excess of 5000.
Super Regional Conference - Scotland
We appreciate that not everyone can get to CAMRA's Members' Weekend. With a view to engaging as many CAMRA members from as many backgrounds as possible, six Super Regional Conferences are once again being run around the country. Members may attend any that they like i.e. you do not have to live within the region where the Conference is taking place. Neither do you have to be an active member of a branch or even consider yourself as active to come along. Everyone is welcome.
The agenda includes how CAMRA is structured and where you can get help, an update on CAMRA's key campaigns and the choice of two afternoon sessions on saving pubs or activating members.
The Scottish Conference is taking place at the South Beach Hotel on Saturday 25th October from 11.45 until 16.45 (registration from 11.00). The venue is just a 7 minute walk from Troon Rail Station and promises some great beer.
The agenda can be viewed here.
Please register online through the National CAMRA website by following this link and select the Super Regional Conference/s that you wish to attend. Once saved, you will be registered for the event.
Enquiries: Lauren Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org; 01727 867201.
40 Years of CAMRA in Scotland
As part of the ongoing celebrations to recognise 40 years of campaigning in Scotland, members of CAMRA branches througout the country have contributed their thoughts and reminiscences resulting a unique publication. Members in Scotland will receive an electronic version via email in due course and hard copies will be available at beer festivals in Scotland during the remainder of the year. Meanwhile, an online version of the magazine can be viewed using the link below.
Scottish Pub of the Year
The three finalists in this year's Pub of the Year competition have been identified. They are, in alphabetical order, the Bandstand Bar in Nairn, the Commercial Inn in Dunfermline and the Steam Packet Inn located in the Isle of Whithorn. Congratulations to our finalists and we await the final verdict in due course.
Champion Beer of Scotland 2014
At the recent Scottish Real Ale Festival, Dark Moor from the Kelburn Brewing Company won the coveted title of Champion Beer of Scotland 2014.
Dark Moor, a 4.5% ABV Old Ale, is described in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide as ‘A dark, fruity ale with undertones of liquorice and blackcurrant.’
Dark Moor also achieved success competing in CAMRA’s Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2013, taking Gold in the Old Ale/Strong Mild class and Bronze in the competition overall.
Kelburn’s success today at the Festival is the culmination of months of CAMRA branch recommendations and tasting sessions in the quest to find the best beer in Scotland!
Runner up in this year’s competition was the Ayr Brewing Company’s Rabbie’s Porter, while third place went to the Fyne Ales’ Jarl.
Scotland & Northern Ireland Branches Meeting
The next meeting of SNIB will be hosted by CAMRA Northern Ireland on Saturday, 15th November. The meeting will be held at the Ulster Hall, Belfast during the Belfast Beer & Cider Festival and will start at 1.00pm.